Ministry of Education asks DEOs to re-open schools in Terai

2015-10-29

Himalayan News Service

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The Ministry of Education is taking initiatives to reopen schools in various Tarai dis¬tricts where they remain closed for the past two months due to the ongoing Madhes agitation.

The Madhes-based parties have been enforcing shut¬down in over a dozen Tarai districts, including Dhanu¬sha, Siraha, Saptari, Mahot¬tari, Rautahat and Sarlahi, expressing dissatisfaction with the demarcation the provincial boundaries in the new constitution.

Spokesperson for the edu¬cation ministry Dr Hari Lamsal today said they have asked the district education offices to take steps to reopen the schools. "Schools in villages are still running classes. It is only the schools in the urban areas that have been closed." He stated that the ministry has also asked the DEOs to ask schools to run morning classes, if possible.

"Schools have run morn-ing classes in the past. So keeping in view the current unrest, schools should take initiatives to run morning classes," he added. He also said that the demands of the agitating parties should be addressed through dialogue at the political level.

"The government and the agitating parties should reach an understanding at the earliest. Political prob-lems should not affect the operation of academic insti¬tutions," he said.

Earlier, before Dashain, Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal, National Private and Boarding Schools Association Nepal, Higher Secondary Schools Associa¬tion Nepal and Guardians Association Nepal had urged the National Human Rights Commission to take initia-tives to reopen schools in Tarai districts affected by the Madhes agitation.